Wheels For The World

With God, All Things are Possible!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Feb. 5, 2015
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Cusmaylin in a new wheelchairCusmaylin is four years old. Unable to walk and blind since birth, she lays on the floor while her mother Sylvia works. There is a school nearby, but without mobility there is no hope Cusmaylin can attend. “I read in the Bible that God can do anything,” Sylvia said, “But here in my country, a wheelchair is only for the rich. Even God can’t change that.” Sylvia prayed for help, but her circumstances seemed impossible and her hope grew dimmer and dimmer with each passing day. “What is impossible with man is possible with God,” says Luke 18:27. And when you pray – God moves! Recently this truth came alive through Wheels for the World when the miracle of a wheelchair was rolled out for Cusmaylin. It was a brand-new, spiffy red and white Regency Pediatric Wheelchair with all the bells and whistles, including an attachable desk just...

Thank You, Awana Kids!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 30, 2015
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Joni and Awana Kids!Recently the local chapter of Awanas decided to make Wheels for the World their missions project – after working hard doing chores in the home, the yard, and the neighborhood, these boys and girls collected enough money to sponsor five pediatric wheelchairs! (Every time a kid brought in their earnings, they...

Because of You, Victoria Can Attend School!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Dec. 9, 2014
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Regina and Victoria with Victoria's new wheelchairEvery day, Regina lifts her 6-year-old daughter Victoria onto her back and heads for the local roadside stand where she sells salt, onions, and peppers in Ghana. Victoria has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk on her own. But Regina can’t afford a wheelchair for Victoria – such a thing costs more money than Regina earns in a year. If Victoria had a wheelchair, she could go to a local school, but instead she sits by the road as her mother sells what she can to keep them going another day. But on a recent Wheels for the World outreach, Regina’s prayers were answered. Victoria received a new pediatric wheelchair that will make it possible for her to attend school. “Jesus tells us that He will not leave us or forsake us,” said Regina. “Today this wheelchair you have given us is a manifestation of His love and His word coming true. You have lifted us from shame and placed God’s love on our lives!” Thank you for your prayers and ministry partnership that reach...

100,000 Wheelchairs Sent by You

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 25, 2014
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Ebenezer in his new wheelchairEbenezer attending school for the first time
When 5-year-old Ebenezer in Ghana, Africa received the gift of mobility, it marked a milestone for our ministry – it was the 100,000th wheelchair delivered through Wheels for the World. With your faithful prayers and generous support, God has brought joy and hope to thousands. Thank you!

Give The Perfect Gift…and Transform a Life! 

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Nov. 20, 2014
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Sheara in her new Regency Pediatric WheelchairFinding just the right gift can be a challenge. However, for a child with a disability, what could be a more perfect gift than a wheelchair to show God’s love in a tangible way? Listen to three-year-old Sheara’s story. Soon after she was born, her father abandoned her. Because she had a disability, he wouldn’t care for her. Sheara’s mother, Evelyn was left alone to provide for her little girl. She worked in the fields under the scorching sun with Sheara wrapped on her back. Evelyn had little hope for her daughter’s future… until your love sent the perfect gift that changed everything! A Wheels for the World team brought wheelchairs to their tiny village. “The news about Joni and Friends gave me hope for the first time since Sheara was born!” said Evelyn. She watched with joy as her daughter was seated in a beautiful new pediatric wheelchair. This Christmas, you can give the perfect gift … a gift that changes lives! Just $150 sends a wheelchair to a disabled...

Reaching a Mother's Heart

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 9, 2014
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Wang sitting in her wheelchair next to her husband10 years ago, Wang had a back tumor. She had surgery but doctors could only remove part of it. Several years later, Wang and her husband dearly desired to have a baby. The doctor warned her that a growing fetus could press against the tumor that remained in her back. The risk of paralysis was high, but Wang and her husband wanted a child so much. Wang soon became pregnant and the doctor's prediction was correct: as the child grew within her, Wang slowly became paralyzed. By the time her baby boy was born, Wang was a paraplegic… but her baby was perfect. For 8 years, Wang has not walked. As she waited for a wheelchair at our Wheels for the World outreach in China, she was filled with joy. “Now I can take a walk with my son, I can go with him to the...

Every Volunteer Makes a Difference

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Oct. 6, 2014
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Donna serving with Wheels for the World in UgandaYour desire to serve people with disabilities can take you anywhere–near or far. For years, Donna Stover has been using her skills as a physical therapist to serve people with disabilities in developing nations through Joni and Friends Wheels for the World. For Donna, serving and learning from people with disabilities is deeply fulfilling. On a recent outreach to Uganda, she fit a wheelchair for a young boy named Jordan. Said Jordan’s father, “The wheelchair means a lot to me – but it means much more to Jordan. Thank you for giving Jordan the full life God has planned for him!” It’s moments like these that keep Donna coming back to serve with Wheels for the World. Volunteering provides her with the opportunity to help others and change lives in the name of Christ. “It is such an honor to use my skills for Jesus and to see people’s reaction of gratitude.” Don’t miss out! Consider volunteering with Joni and Friends! “Pray about it!” is Donna’s wise advice. “Don’t be afraid of what you’re not familiar with. God wants us to get out of our comfort zone. There will always be things that cause you to hesitate, but when you hear the Holy Spirit calling… go!”

A Wheelchair from You Leads to a Church Home

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 28, 2014
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Cecelia and JaymiJaymi in her pediatric wheelchair
Cecelia lives with her daughter, Jaymi, in a rustic village in El Salvador. Cecelia is a toughened woman with an even tougher job: How will she raise a disabled little girl in such a place, alone? Cecelia and Jaymi were provided much needed help at a Wheels for the World outreach. Little Jaymi was given a sturdy pediatric wheelchair that will grow with her for years, and the team’s physical therapist demonstrated exercises for strengthening Jaymi’s body. But even better, a Bible in Spanish was given to Cecelia. A local pastor opened it and shared the Gospel simply and clearly. He knew of their...

Thanks to You from China!

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 21, 2014
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Zhou hugging a Wheels for the World Seatign Specialist
Make no mistake: Jesus Christ is alive in China! Many there have known and loved the Savior for years. Ninety-nine-year-old Zhou is one of them... Zhou has waited many years for a wheelchair to ease the pain of her arthritis, which now prohibits her from walking. She waited in faith and hope, never doubting that God would provide for her…and He did, when you sent a wheelchair through Joni and Friends! “Jesus is awesome!” Zhou proclaimed with cheers and shouts of joy, as her long-awaited...

A Mother's Heart... Transformed by God's Word

  • By: Joni and Friends
  • Aug. 14, 2014
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Juan sitting in his new pediatric wheelchairJuan’s bright, gap-toothed smile radiates joy! His laughter echoed through the halls at our recent Wheels for the World outreach to El Salvador, where Juan was receiving his first wheelchair. But his mother Postima is more downcast. “We have a very difficult life,” she said quietly. “I can’t work or take Juan to the hospital or therapy. I used to go to church but I have become so discouraged... My husband does not want to help with Juan at all. He is threatening to leave us because it is so hard. I know God wants to show him Juan is a valuable person.... but how?” For a family like Juan’s, the gift of a wheelchair signifies much more than mobility. It’s a tangible statement that Juan is valuable to God – so valuable that He sent a miracle. “I never thought I would have a wheelchair for...

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